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NIHR Translational Research Collaborations

The NIHR Translational Research Collaborations (TRCs),  are ready-formed networks of leading universities, NHS trusts and other research centres from across the UK.

Each TRC has a specific therapeutic theme and focuses on early phase, translational research with the overall objective of tackling experimental medicine challenges in that therapeutic area.

Manchester BRC is a member of three of the NIHR TRCs.

  • Professor Maya Buch, Professor of Rheumatology and BRC Rapid Transnational Incubator lead,  is Chair of the NIHR-Versus Arthritis UK Musculoskeletal TRC.
  • Professor Gareth Evans, BRC Theme Lead for Cancer PED and Consultant in Medical Genetics and Cancer Epidemiology  is the Academic Lead for Manchester as part of the  Oncology TRC
  • Dr Alex Horsley,  academic lead for the Cystic Fibrosis Centre where he leads a programme of basic science and clinical research as part of the Manchester BRC, is Deputy Chair of the Respiratory TRC.

More information on the TRCs, their themes and aims can be found on the NIHR website. 

Musculoskeletal Translational Research Collaborations (MSK TRC)

The vision of the Musculoskeletal Translational Research Collaborations (MSK TRC) is for the UK to be globally recognised as being at the forefront of experimental medicine investigation of Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs). Drawing on and investing in the rich clinical and translational research landscape of the UK, the MSK TRC aims to accelerate high impact discovery for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and delivery of cutting-edge improvements for people with RMDs.

The MSK TRC works collectively to create a truly inclusive community, fostering collaboration based on shared expertise and by ensuring the voice of people with RMDs are at the forefront of future projects. We aim to build academic capability, capacity, and leadership, and develop meaningful experimental studies through attracting early industry engagement and engaging with research partners and other research charities. One of the overarching principles of the MSK TRC is to promote equality, diversity and inclusion, ensuring it is embedded within a value-driven culture of the TRC.